I just can't choose a kitchen style- running out of time!

(47 Posts)
Lily15 Fri 01-Feb-13 09:34:12

We are renovating and extending a 50's bungalow. Our kitchen/diner is the next step but I just keep going round in circles about the design. I love the white gloss streamlined look with white tops and feel this would work better overall in this style home. But I always wanted a modern take on a country kitchen (white wood cabinets, chrome cup handles) All I know for certain is we are having a range master Toledo xt and niveus karndean flooring! Help! I have no idea what to go for (DH not fussed) There isn't room for an island (it's L shaped with the sink sitting in the bay of the bottom of the L) thanks looking forward to inspiration!!

betterwhenthesunshines Fri 01-Feb-13 09:46:40

I was like this! I think white gloss and white tops will be too much, and the different types of white may not go together. Painted wood, white tops, chrome handles would be a fresh, clean take on the country kitchen.

bootsycollins Fri 01-Feb-13 09:50:05

Wickes have an excellent white gloss kitchen, no handles, easy to clean, looks fantastic. My friend has a white with pale grey detail, you could get modern take on the country look with this by accessorising or going for white gloss with wooden work tops. I actually prefer the laminate wood work tops for durability and practicality and their much cheaper too. I love the chrome cup handles but imagine having to clean the sticky marks off grrr. My friend with the white gloss Wickes kitchen has a beautiful white ceramic sink, it's not a Belfast, like a normal sink but prettier. Deep drawers for plates, pans etc and a line of high horizontal upwards opening cupboards for glasses etc but they have traditional style shape and size cupboards too. Wickes sent a kitchen planner round too I remember, defo worth a look.

bootsycollins Fri 01-Feb-13 09:50:57

* white with pale grey detail work top

Lily15 Fri 01-Feb-13 09:56:50

Decisions!! Thank you for replying its great to get other people's ideas xx

betterwhenthesunshines Fri 01-Feb-13 10:03:32

If you want a wood worktop without the upkeep, I would recommend you look at the Getalit range of laminate worktops. They have a higher heat resistance than most and good textures.

TomArchersSausage Fri 01-Feb-13 10:11:21

Or a cream gloss kitchen. Modern but softer looking.

<strokes new cream kitchensmile>

Joycey29 Fri 01-Feb-13 10:15:27

High gloss cream is softer, I am having it in ours.

TomArchersSausage Fri 01-Feb-13 10:20:37

Snap Joycey!grin

I was like this too - and I just sat one evening with a load of kitchen brochures, interior design magazines and a glass of wine. I went through and just solely with instinct (and wine) ripped out the pictures that had made me think that is lovely. Then I found my theme/look based on what came up the most. Yes there were some stunning bright red kitchens or sleek minimalist. But my heart/preference came out with the painted wood/shaker style in off white.

Which is what I have, with black granite worktops and smoked oak floor. Tis lovely. And even now I do occasionally have the odd lustful look at gloss/handle-less designs. But I can admire them - I know they were not want I ultimately wanted and am happy with my choice

MarianForrester Fri 01-Feb-13 11:11:46

Are you committed to the Rangemaster Toledo?

Though also take into consideration what existing "stuff" you need to fit into the space. I had a dresser/dining table and chairs already so had to make sure that would "go". Was slightly restrictive - but not overly so. Just bare it in mind. If you have an ultra modern table should that be the starting point of where your design goes. If it is a beloved antique family heirloom that would take a great deal of skill (if possible at all) to work/look right in a stark, minimalist space then that takes that design off the mood board.

And try not to stress - I know it is difficult - but remember having your own design of kitchen is supposed to be a good thing! Tis fun!

MarianForrester Fri 01-Feb-13 11:18:43

Other than that, cream gloss sounds like a good compromise. Sounds lovely. I have a cream old fashioned sort of kitchen with a walnut worktop on an island. It's a lot less high maintenance Thani feared and looks soo nicesmile

annalouiseh Fri 01-Feb-13 12:09:50

You should have a look at a white matt handlessles streamlined look for the modern.
will deliver a softer look and the matt doors go with all white worktops also

Lily15 Fri 01-Feb-13 14:34:32

No not committed to the Toledo- yet! I hadn't ever considered cream tbh. Everything is going to be new- no heirloom dining table or anything so it really is a blank canvas!

MarianForrester Fri 01-Feb-13 14:55:01

It's just that I have the Toledo and it is a nightmare.

There are vents down the back that bits of food fall down.

The oven door swings shut; not very handy when trying to put things in/get them out. Dd and I have partnership whe baking, one to hold door open!

And the grill is rubbish too.

It does look really good in my kitchen tho.

Don't want to crush your plans, but I wish I'd known this.

Lily15 Fri 01-Feb-13 16:27:50

Oh no that's not good at all! Think ill be rethinking the Toledo now! Do you think all range masters have these sorts of problems? Maybe range master isn't the way to go...

noddyholder Fri 01-Feb-13 16:33:42

Matt is a lot nicer and with plain white tops looks amazing. I think 1 50s bungalow you should steer as clear of country style as possible as it won't look right IMO of course! smile

VestaCurry Fri 01-Feb-13 16:41:07

Agree with Noddy, plus a mixture of finishes breaks the whole think up, making it easier on the eye.
The one time when I had the luxury of choosing a new kitchen, I took the same approach as Fishfingers.

MarianForrester Fri 01-Feb-13 16:42:01

I don't know, sorry- but easy to check some if you can view them??

I was so excited to get this fancy cooker hmm

But now feel like evil cooker dream crusher

wendybird77 Fri 01-Feb-13 16:42:24

What are you going for in the rest of the house? I'd be tempted to go with a modern look to suit the age of the house. If you have quite traditional furniture though I'd go country kitchen. I love a country kitchen and am putting a painted shaker myself, but I live in a country cottage! If I lived in a 50's modern house I'd love to do it up in an updated modern style. I think a matt handle-less would be lovely. Have a look on houzz.com for pictures and inspiration to get a sense of what you would like to achieve.

Sillybillypoopoomummy Fri 01-Feb-13 16:44:04

get thee to ikea - they do fab, white gloss units and wooden worktop combo which looks fab. It has modernity/lightness coupled with an element of warmth from the wood :-) Guaranteed for 25 years too! however, get accessories ie handles etc from somewhere else so it doesn't look like a showroom! We have a wooden floor too. We agonised for ages over the wooden tops as thought they would be really high maintainence/we would be neurotic about them but actually I just oiled them loads at the beginning and they still look great after 3 years.

Lily15 Fri 01-Feb-13 16:44:35

I'm being totally naive here is Matt the same as gloss without the shine? The same materials etc

Lily15 Fri 01-Feb-13 16:48:10

Wood tops are so tempting but im so worried about them gettig stained! I spend all my time on houzz already!

betterwhenthesunshines Fri 01-Feb-13 17:29:56

Marian have you checked your range is level? It sounds as though it might be slightly tilted backwards or sideways and that could be why the door is swinging shut?

MarianForrester Fri 01-Feb-13 17:37:29

Ooh, that's a good idea, thanks- will check that.

annalouiseh Fri 01-Feb-13 17:41:31

Lily send me your email address and ill send you some pics of a matt white lacquer with white quartz top my dh has just done.
It does have lime green back splash and looks fab, not for all but looks good.
materials all depends where you get your matt.
Most companies use vinyl/foil, has a slight texture so check that first
A lot of the higher end companies use a lacquer.
German companies like schuller use a lacquer, uk diy stores and ikea, howdens etc dont

Joycey29 Fri 01-Feb-13 17:42:45

We ve gone for Glendevon from Howdens. It has sleek lines and curves and we are having corian worktops.

Looked at Toledo but have gone for Rangemaster Professional Deluxe in Cranberry - ( note accent colourwink)

Cream and cranberry with Karndean Parquet floor.

Burst pipe last July and this new kitchen is only highlight after 9 months in rented!

perrinelli Fri 01-Feb-13 18:05:45

We've had our rangemaster excel for 3 yrs now and it's fab. There are vents at the back but I don't find it an issue. Hth!

MarianForrester Fri 01-Feb-13 18:52:50

I perhaps stir too vigorously smile

MarianForrester Fri 01-Feb-13 18:55:05

Oops, really came on to say DH has got his spirit level out (!) and the blooming thing is absolutely and completely level, doors and all.

Sigh. Thanks, tho.

And good luck with kitchen quest op.

FriskyMare Fri 01-Feb-13 19:00:16

Joycey we have just completed our Glendevon kitchen, cream with integarated handles and gets excited a near as dammit matching corian worktop. The corian is definitely worth the money!

agree Corian is fantastic, we had it in our old house with integrated Corian sink, no marks, no stains, white and perfect! We are now thinking about our new kitchen, which will be white Corian worktops, with oak floor, jungle green glass splashbacks and (if we can find them) modern looking oak units. Want a papered feature wall too if i can find something suitable. I love thinking about kitchens, a pinterest board is useful. :-)

Joycey29 Sat 02-Feb-13 17:41:57

Hey Frisky - which colour corian did you have???

FriskyMare Sun 03-Feb-13 17:06:58

Joycey we have vanilla corian, one of the cheapest colours thankfully. We were sent some little samples from an online worktop company. Nothing seems to mark it (we are a very messy family) and you absolutely cannot see the joins. Amazing.

nemno Sun 03-Feb-13 17:44:29

FriskyMare Can you tell me the online corian (or similar) worktop company name please. I am looking for a short section of worktop with an integral basin for my bathroom . Or if anyone has recommendations for a company that can supply a quartz/corian/other worktop (possibly undermounted basin) I would be very grateful. I live in Berkshire if this is relevant.

Sorry to hijack. My thoughts on a kitchen are currently pro matt cream units, corian surface!

NorthernNumpty Sun 03-Feb-13 17:53:24

Another rangemaster hater here! We have a 900 wide one (didnt choose it was in when we bought house) but as said above the vents drive me nuts! I dread to think how many bits of chopped onion and grains of rice are down there. The door is awful and swings shut. The shelves don't pull out easily.

If it has to be a range, look for something with telescopic shelf rails as it is difficult enough to get hot heavy stuff out from floor levelgrin

I loved my white gloss kitchen with black granite tops in my old house. Coveting a mixed gloss and wood one with corian tops for this house when we have saved some pennies.

cjel Sun 03-Feb-13 18:16:26

Have built 2 kitchens from nothing one a 30ft square in a house we built ourselves. Cream matt country style, built in dresser leaded glass with lights inside, 10ft by 4ft island with iroko wood top. two side by side eye level ovens wouldnt want to bend!! Built hob into false chimney breast.Sinks sunk into worktops yuk gets dirt trapped under join. Dark brown granite worktops round the edge. Wood was fantastic only oiled once a year, Granite a nightmare chipped and couldn't stop watermarks and because it was mottled only saw bits of food when we walked away. Matt doors also needed scrubbing clean. Now have kitchen half the size and chosen mocca gloss flat doors with big square knobs in shiny chrome with 'normal' worktops. Marvellous!! although shiny shows the marks they are sooo easy to wipe and get back to clean. Also had non slip ceramic floor tiles in previous kitchen which were really hard to scrub marks from. Have now gone for wood effect vinyl and as with doors needs no scrubbing its amazing how much hard work it was to look after other kitchen - I thought we were just a dirty family!!! Don't know if any of that helps, (I do know of a corian worktop that is very stained! }Hope you enjoy choosing!!!

FriskyMare Sun 03-Feb-13 18:26:52

nemno - we googled and got Direct Kitchen Worktops, you can do an online estimate but we had the full templating job done. The installers were Whitehall Fabrication (based in Leeds), we are really impressed with the results.

noddyholder Sun 03-Feb-13 18:32:27

cjel what is a normal worktop?

cjel Sun 03-Feb-13 18:33:34

Just thought of something else that I wouldn't be without!!! Pyrolitic cleaning ovens!!!

cece Sun 03-Feb-13 18:50:28

I have white high gloss and walnut worktops - pics on profie.

Easy to clean as the doors are flat.
Worktop needs occasional oiling but not really much effort to do it every now and again.

My friends has the creamy coloured high gloss kitchen from Wickes and that is also very nice. She has beige and turquoise tiles with it, which are lovely.

cece Sun 03-Feb-13 18:52:11

I also prefer the eye level built in ovens, easier to use and look nicer imo.

nemno Sun 03-Feb-13 18:55:41

Thank you FriskyMare. It would be exactly the right thing if I can get a pop-up waste instead of a kitchen sink basket plug. This is proving to be the difficult bit in my search.

cjel Sun 03-Feb-13 19:56:59

Not sure what its called laminate I think? Have a feeling it was formica in the old days! Always think of laminate as flooring.! Sorry to be dense, have so many different things in head!!

fossil971 Sun 03-Feb-13 21:08:39

Have we moved on from the basic style? There is a style of slab doors with a softly curved edge called "Saponetta" (like a bar of soap) which Howdens do, probably other mfrs as well. It has a bit of the 1950s about it I think. It must be getting more popular because looking on the website it now comes in four finishes. Kind of modern without being excessively shiny and boxy.

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